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Pack picked to finish third; Brock Hekking named to preseason All-MW team


image001-150x137-9654418-1118940LAS VEGAS, Nev. – Senior defensive end Brock Hekking was named to the Preseason All-Mountain West Team, and Nevada was predicted to finish third in the West Division as the conference opened up its preseason media days event here on Tuesday.

Hekking, a 6-foot-4, 255-pound senior from Vacaville, Calif., is a two-time All-Mountain West honoree. He is seventh among returning players in career sacks with 17.0. Entering his senior season, he ranks eighth (tackles for loss, 24.5) and sixth (sacks, 17.0) on Nevada’s career charts.

He was Nevada’s lone selection on the 2014 Preseason All-Mountain West Team, which was selected by the media. Utah State quarterback Chuckie Keeton was named the Preseason MW Offensive Player of the Year while Fresno State safety Derron Smith won the accolade on the defensive side. New Mexico kick returner Carlos Wiggins is the Preseason MW Special Teams Player of the Year.

The preseason poll, which was also voted on by media, saw Boise State as the predicted champion on the Mountain side and Fresno State was the narrow selection over San Diego State on the West side.  Nevada was given three first-place votes and was picked third in the West, followed by UNLV, San Jose State and Hawai`i.

Fresno State and San Diego State, which each received 15 first-place votes, will visit Mackay Stadium this year along with Boise State and Colorado State. The Rams are picked third in the Mountain division so four of the predicted top five teams in the conference are on Nevada’s home schedule.

The Mountain West Media Days began Tuesday with the Mountain Division coaches and players meeting with media. The West Division in on tap on Wednesday with second-year Wolf Pack coach Brian Polian joined by Hekking and senior quarterback Cody Fajardo.

Fans can watch portions of the event on the Mountain West Network at www.NevadaWolfPack.TV.

Three-game, mini-plan ticket packages for the upcoming Nevada football season are now on sale, giving fans an opportunity to choose between two different packages.

The silver three-game plan, starting at $63, includes one premium game and two regular games, while the blue three-game plan, starting at $78, includes two premium games and one regular game. This season’s premium games will be the Sept. 5 contest against Washington State and the Oct. 4 game against Mountain West foe Boise State.

Additionally, single game tickets for all Wolf Pack home football games are slated to go on sale Aug. 8. The ticket office reserves the right to delay on sale dates if inventory is limited. Call (775) 348-PACK or visit NevadaWolfPack.com for more information.

2014 Mountain West Football Preseason All-Conference Team


QB           Chuckie Keeton                  Sr.             Utah State

WR           Matt Miller          Sr.             Boise State

WR           Devante Davis**                 Sr.             UNLV

RB            Jay Ajayi*              Jr.             Boise State

RB            Donnel Pumphrey            So.            San Diego State

OL            Ty Sambrailo**  Sr.             Colorado State
OL            Cody Wichmann                 Sr.             Fresno State

OL            LaMar Bratton    Sr.             New Mexico

OL            Brett Boyko**    Sr.             UNLV

OL            Robert Waterman             Sr.             UNLV

TE             Kivon Cartwright               Sr.             Colorado State


DL            Tyeler Davison**                Sr.             Fresno State

DL            Brock Hekking*                   Sr.             Nevada

DL            B.J. Larsen**        Sr.             Utah State

DL            Eddie Yarbrough*             Jr.             Wyoming

LB             Ejiro Ederaine**                 Jr.             Fresno State

LB             Kyler Fackrell**                  Jr.             Utah State

LB             Zach Vigil**         Sr.             Utah State

DB            Donte Deayon**                Jr.             Boise State

DB            Jeremy Ioane**                  Sr.             Boise State

DB            Derron Smith*   Sr.             Fresno State

DB            J.J. Whittaker      Sr.             San Diego State


P               Garrett Swanson                Jr.             Fresno State

PK            Jared Roberts*  Sr.             Colorado State

Ret.         Carlos Wiggins*                  Jr.             New Mexico

Preseason Offensive Player of the Year: Chuckie Keeton, Sr., QB, Utah State

Preseason Defensive Player of the Year: Derron Smith, Sr., DB, Fresno State

Preseason Special Teams Player of the Year: Carlos Wiggins, Jr., KR, New Mexico



Rk.  Team (first-place votes) Pts.

1.   Boise State (20)        183

2.   Utah State (12)         176

3.   Colorado State (1)      135

4.   Wyoming                  90

5.   New Mexico               56

6.   Air Force                53


Rk.  Team (first-place votes) Pts.

1.   Fresno State (15)       174

2.   San Diego State (15)    172

3.   Nevada (3)              130

4.   UNLV                     95

5.   San José State           87

6.     Hawai‘i       35

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